Like many collectors, I was thrilled to see Mattel introduce diverse body types this year. I bought and then introduced my first curvy fashionista months ago in this post. Then I was even more excited to learn that we would get an articulated curvy doll as the second release in Carlyle Nuera's Harlem Theater collection. Madame Lavinia moved to Dollton in mid October shortly after her release date. If you're wondering how she compares to the curvy fashionistas, then read on. Doll nudity follows. Consider yourself warned.
In the picture below, you can see that Lavinia (in yellow & black) looks taller than Elon (in blue). Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. Lavinia is in fact 11.5 inches tall, whereas Elon is only 11 inches tall. Both dolls are wearing fashions that came with Elon. Notice that while Lavinia can wear Elon's clothes, she fills them out differently.
With the clothing removed, you can see why. Elon is pear-shaped, whereas Lavinia has an hour glass figure. Elon's measurements are 5.25 inches bust, 4.25 inches waist, and 6 inches hips. Lavinia's measurements are 5.75 inches bust, 4.375 inches waist , and 6 inches hips. From a business standpoint, I understand Mattel's decision to give the curvy fashionistas a smaller bust. It allows them to share tops with regular fashionistas. Still, I prefer Lavinia's proportions to Elon's.
Here is a profile shot of the ladies. Elon has a more shapely derriere (aka a little more junk in the trunk), yet their hip measurements are the same at their widest points.
A shot of the dolls lying down better illustrates the differences in their legs. Lavinia's are longer and slimmer in the thigh area.
This pic is to illustrate the difference in their foot sizes. Lavinia has a higher arch, but a generally smaller foot. However, her feet are wider than regular Barbie feet at the toes. These ladies can share some clothes, but not shoes.
Here's Lavinia in a recent Barbie fashion and some shoes I had on hand. So long for now.
"Let yourself fall in love with something that simply makes you happy. If there's a place for it in your heart, there's a place for it in your home." ~collector Mary Randolph Carter